Turnpike Troubadours

Band Members: Evan Felker, Ryan Engleman, R.C. Edwards, Kyle Nix, Gabe Pearson
Releases: A Long Way From Your Heart (2017), The Turnpike Troubadours (2015), Goodbye Normal Street (2012), Diamonds and Gasoline (2010), Bossier City (2007)
Years at MusicFest: 8

The overwhelming success that Turnpike Troubadours have had on the so-called Red Dirt circuit of the “flyover states” says a lot about the quintet’s authenticity and fire, particularly because their music is not exactly what that scene in known for producing. The band gradually evolved from offering acoustic explorations of tunes by Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker to kicking out three or four sets a night of full-throttle roadhouse country. As the band toured and improved, more and more people started to tune in. Not only did their audience get more attentive, they kept getting bigger. As time went on, and the Troubadours broadened their touring circle, they moved on from tiny clubs in the more obscure corners of the Sooner state and started hitting – and selling out – prestigious venues like Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, the Firehouse Saloon in Houston and Antone’s in Austin. Over the course of the past six years, Felker, bassist RC Edwards, fiddle player Kyle Nix, guitarist Ryan Engleman and drummer Gabe Pearson, have honed the rowdy, quick-witted sound that’s brought folks of all stripes together in front of those stages. See Turnpike Troubadours at their “home away from home” on the big stage at the MusicFest Dance Hall (Big Tent).

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